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Director Interviews for 61st season!

We are planning our 61st season! 

If you are interested in directing a show at Iowa City Community Theatre, we are having director interviews at Iowa City Public Library, meeting room C, on two dates.


  • Sunday November 15, 2015, 1p-4p
  • Monday November 23, 2015, 6p-9p

To sign up to interview with the Iowa City Community play/musical director selection committee go here:

Director’s Open House

If you are interested in directing but have not been involved with ICCT, or if you just want more information before you formally interview, we are holding a Director’s open house at the theater on Monday November 9, 2015 between 6p and 7pm.  We will provide you with a tour of the theater and you will meet the director of their next show, and ICCT president, Kehry Lane.  He will be available to answer questions you might have about directing at ICCT.

 We are looking to produce plays or musicals falling within the following categories (Special Note – The shows listed are merely suggestions and by no means to be considered a short list!  You can pitch any show you feel passionate about!): 

  • Blockbuster – This is a show that is a sure thing, big, bold and will sell out!  Think of shows like Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, My Fair Lady, Annie, Brigadoon, Anything Goes, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, or anything by Neil Simon!
  • Risky/Edgy – Shows like RENT, Rabbit Hole, How I Learned to Drive, Cloud Nine, and plays by Christopher Durang or Caryl Churchill
  • Family –Examples include The Sound of Music, Cheaper by the Dozen, Meet me in St. Louis, I Remember Mama, The Miracle Worker
  • Adult/Grown up – Anything by Tom Stoppard, David Mamet, and Wendy Wasserstein.  Shows like Pippin, The Producers, La Cage aux Folles, Glengarry Glen Ross
  • Traditional – Classic shows that have been around forever, maybe holiday themed or shows like Arsenic and Old Lace, The Glass Menagerie, Shakespeare, Antigone, The Night of the Iguana, Member of the Wedding, No, No, Nanette, or The Boyfriend
  • Newer/Modern – Newer productions like The Bridges of Madison County, The Last Five Years, 4000 Miles, or Doubt 

For specific questions, please contact the ICCT play/musical selection committee at:



Directed by Susan Hamel
Music Direction by Jeffrey Allen Mead

Award-winning songs and big Texas charm fill this classic musical about a small-town brothel that plays host to senators, mayors and football stars. Miss Mona runs the show at the Chicken Ranch, but trouble comes to town when the puritanical reporter Melvin P. Thorne descends on the bordello with his cameras, trying to shut down the fun. When the political heat gets to be too much, the governor has to step in, and life in Gilbert, Texas will

Auditions: Tuesday, October 27 & Wednesday, October 28, starting at 7pm

Location: Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A

Performances: January 22-23 & 29-30 at 7:30pm  January 24 & 31 at 2:00pm

Audition Process: Please plan to arrive by 7:00. We will do cold readings and teach choreography after vocal auditions. Dress to move! Auditions will be done in a group setting with everyone in the room together.

If you have questions, please contact Director: Susan Hamel : (preferred)
319-430-9807 (leave a message)

Cast Breakdown:

Miss Mona Stangley  35+, Owner and operator of “The Chicken Ranch.” No nonsense, but also very warm, motherly, energetic and personable. Vocal range: Alto.  Songs: A Lil’ Ole Bitty Pissant Country Place, Girl You’re a Woman, No Lies, Bus From Amarillo.

Jewel Mosley  35+, Maid and cook at The Chicken Ranch for more than 25 years. She is a true golden girl – sassy, sexy and self assured. Vocal range: Alto/Soprano. Songs: Girl You’re a Woman, Twenty four Hours of Lovin, No Lies

Doatsey Mae Grimes  25+, Waitress at the Texas Twinkle Café. She’s a trusting, reliable ear, treated by the men of the town more like a man than a woman. Vocal Range: Sopranco. Songs: Doatsey Mae

Angel– aka, Nancy Jean Drury  20+ Former teen mom who left home after giving birth to her son Billy, now six years old, when her father beat her up. She’s tough, scrappy and street smart. Vocal Range Alto/Soprano. Songs: Girl You’re a Woman, Twenty Four Hours of’Lovin, No Lies, Hard Candy Christmas

Shy–aka, Annamerle Seltzer  16+ Country, farm girl; young, fresh faced, sheltered and gawky. Naïve and shy, but headstrong and capable. Vocal range: Soprano Songs: Girl You’re a Woman, Twenty Four Hours of Lovin, No Lies, Hard Candy Christmas

Miss Mona’s girls/townspeople  16+, Cover various roles including townspeople, small lines, dance -oles and small vocal solos, around 8-9 people

Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd  40+ Sheriff of La Grange, Texas. He’s a down home, cowboy type, lovingly curmudgeonly more than a little rough around the edges. He’s a live and let live type, though, surprisingly liberal in his thinking and his language. Vocal Range: Baritone. Songs: Good Old Girl

Melvin P. Thorpe  40+ Television personality and part time revivalist preacher – more huckster than holy. If Donald Trump and Sarah Palin created a child, it would be Melvin. He’s brash, bigger than life and a complete blowhard. Obsessed by sanctity and morality  in overcompensation for a rather effeminate manner. Vocal Range: Tenor/Baritone Songs: Watch Dog Theme, Texas Has a Whorehouse In It, The Sidestep

Governor Briscoe  50+ A former rancher and businessman from Uvalde, TX; now a first term Governor in his first year in office. He’s the quintessential politician: Saying a lot of nothing. Amiable and full of charm, he’s dumb about everything but politics. Vocal Range: Baritone Songs: The Sidestep

Edsel Mackey  25+ A big city Houston boy who landed his first newspaper job out of high school with  the town paper: The Gilbert Gospel. He’s now Editor in Chief and is, without question, the smartest man in town. Witty, dry and shrewd. Think a young MSNBC talking head.

Mayor Rufus Poindexter  40+ Local automobile dealer and youngest son of the town’s richest and most well known family. Like George W. Bush, he was the son least expected to succeed –but  now he’s the only one in town, running the dealership and the town. He doesn’t like, and is overwhelmed by, his job and he’s not shy about everyone knowing it.

Aggie boys/Townspeople  16+  Cover various roles including townspeople, small lines, dance roles and small vocal solos, around 8-9 people

Volunteers Needed For INSODUS!

It’s time again to prepare the ICCT space for the 60th season.  Please come join in and help us move in our brand-new risers and chairs, hang curtains, roll out the carpet and start all over again with fabulous shows.

We depend on volunteers to be the life blood of ICCT, so come join in the fun this weekend Saturday, August 15th 9:00-4:00 and Sunday, August 16th 10:00-4:00.  Find us in building A of the Johnson County Fairgrounds.

LOCATION: Johnson County Fair Grounds building A

Let us know you’re coming by signing up here.  Otherwise please come help whenever you are able.